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women of distinction

women of distinction

Over the last 22 years, Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons has been honoring outstanding women, girls and businesses who have made a difference in your community. These individuals are nominated by their peers and chosen by a selection committee through their accomplishments to receive one of the following awards.

This year, in the spirit of collaboration, we’ve partnered with Buffalo Gals and the Fusion Foundation to present our awards at the first ever International Women’s Day Conference on March 4-5 at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn in Rapid City. This is your chance to champion women and the talents they bring to the table, continue to show your support for Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons and keep the welfare of our community top of mind. Please consider submitting a nomination for one of these prestigious awards.

These individuals don’t always receive the recognition they deserve and we are proud to be able to do that and show the community their local leaders!

Award Descriptions and Nomination Forms

Woman of Distinction Award  This nominee strives to make the world a better place and has made a contribution of time and support to the community. One nominee in each of the following categories will receive this award: Executive Government or Law Professional, Education or Human Services Professional, Corporate Professional, Young Professional
Distinctive Woman of Service Award  As a member or employee of the United States Armed Forces, this nominee strives to make the world a better place and has made a contribution of time and support to the community.
Juliette Gordon Low Legacy Award  This nominee has shown strong, sustained commitment to Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons by partnering with Girl Scouts for the betterment of the organization and truly leads the mission of courage, confidence and character, making the world a better place.
Tomorrow’s Leader Award  As a registered Girl Scout, this nominee has potential for extraordinary leadership and service, has completed her Girl Scout Gold Award or Silver Award by January 31 or is a council delegate at the Annual Meeting.
Friend of Distinction Award This nominee is a business or organization that has joined in partnership with Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons to advance the mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.


2016 Women of Distinction Award Recipients

Woman of Distinction – Education Professional
Dr. Priscilla Romkema
Dean of the College of Business
Black Hills State University
Woman of Distinction – Corporate Professional
Danette Schille
Learning Institue
Woman of Distinction – Law Professional
Marli Schippers
Woman of Distinction –  Young Professional
Autumn Simunek
Miss South Dakota
American Legion Auxiliary
Distinctive Woman of Service
Tech. SGT Karissa Beidler
Non Commissioned Officer
United States Air Force
Juliette Gordon Low
Jennifer Williamson
Girl Scout volunteer
Tomorrow’s Leader
Megan Baloun
Girl Scout Bronze Award recipient
Girl Scout Silver Award recipient